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Authorship and Identity in the Cinema of Clint Eastwood

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Films
Feature films--History and criticism
Motion pictures
Moving-pictures
Cinema
Movies
Person (Philosophy)
Agents
Agent (Philosophy)
Agency (Philosophy)
Attention
Flow (Psychology)
Concentration (Psychology)
Buildings--Design and construction
Construction
Building design
Western architecture (Western countries)
Architecture, Western (Western countries)
Architecture
Identity
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Hegemony
Hegemonism
Published material
Publications
Reality

Abstract

This paper asserts the relevance of authorship for the study of mainstream cinema. While recent contributions have tended to focus on the agency of authors by analysing avant-garde or alternative cinema, this study argues, firstly, that attention to the cultural construction of authors is also necessary and, secondly, that it is the mainstream that offers examples of fragmented identities that are probably most in tune with contemporary culture. By looking at the work of Clint Eastwood in the last fifteen years, it concludes that the figure of the star-author encapsulates a variety of fantasies that point to current concerns about identity. Minority authors may become agents in the fight for survival against hegemony, but the films of these mainstream star-authors reflect how hegemonic culture contains identity struggles which, articulated through products like Eastwood, provide precise insight into the state of our societies.

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